Book cover for The Vanishing of Margaret Small

The Vanishing of Margaret Small

An uplifting and page-turning mystery

Description of the book

'So moving, so transporting, and so important' Laura Pearson, The Last List of Mabel Beaumont

'A tender, thought-provoking and totally gripping novel from a wonderful storyteller...deserves to be a huge hit!' Matt Cain, author of The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle

Meet Margaret Small: 75, plain spoken, Whitstable native and a Cilla Black super fan. Shortly after the death of her idol, Margaret begins receiving sums of money in the post, signed simply 'C'.

She is convinced it must be Cilla, but how can it be? To solve the mystery of her benefactor Margaret must go back in her memories almost 70 years, to the time when she was 'vanished' to a long-stay institution for children with learning disabilities.

An absorbing and page-turning mystery with a dual timeline, The Vanishing of Margaret Small takes readers into a fascinating past, and introduces an unforgettable literary heroine.

Perfect for fans of Libby Page and Gail Honeyman.

Praise for The Vanishing of Margaret Small:

'An evocative, endearing, entertaining and thoroughly delicious character portrait and a terrific first novel' Donal MacIntyre, TV presenter

'Heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time, and so authentic. I can't recommend it enough' Beth Moran, Take Me Home

'A captivating and charming story' Imogen Clark, Impossible to Forget

'Funny, sad and uplifting all at once' Frances Quinn, The Smallest Man

'A beautiful story of human spirit and its power to thrive against the odds' Anstey Harris, When I First Held You

'A fantastic, feel-good story . . . rich in nostalgia and a joy to read' Matson Taylor

'Beautifully observed and poignant. An outstanding debut' Alex Brown

'Compelling and authentic . . . Margaret's story is quiet but her voice is mighty' Julietta Henderson